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How Fitting

Apparently the guy who clocked a free speech and Trump supporter in the head with a bike lock at Berkley is……a college professor!

Eric Clanton teaches philosophy at Diablo Valley College.  The college’s facebook page is hysterical.  The most recent post:

I was inquiring about the teaching position in your Philosophy department you’ll ~hopefully~ have come open very soon, and I would like to declare my interest in filling that position. I don’t have any teaching experience pre se, but seeing that your philosophy professors don’t actually practice ‘deep thought’ and ‘open mindedness’, I don’t see how that’s a problem. Also, I’ve been working for United Airlines for the past 8 years… So I believe I’d be a perfect fit for your institution.

I wonder what, if any, action the college will take.

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This still chills me…

April 20th, 1999.  I remember this so vividly.  Mainly because my oldest daughter had just been born a few months prior and I remember thinking, “I wonder how her high school experience will differ because of this.”

I sit here today — as she is finishing out her senior year in high school– thinking, “God, please don’t some sick or damaged kid think the ‘anniversary’ of Columbine would a good day to do something horrific.”

Fortunately, the Resource Officer (cop) assigned to my daughter’s High School on-campus is also on the department’s SWAT team (although not called that) and is the #1 sniper in the state.

 

 

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Fresno shooting: UPDATED

UPDATE: One down, one to go: NBC declares “not terrorism”

Forget the “Allah Akbar” comment.  Do you want to know what is MORE relevant to the story?  This:

The shooting happened Tuesday morning near a Catholic Charities building. Ashlee Wolf of Catholic Charities told the Fresno Bee newspaper that  the charity doesn’t believe the shooter was tied to Catholic Charities.

The guys shoots someone at a bus stop near a Catholic Charity, so, of course it has something to do with those damn Catholics.

Will this be prosecuted as a racial hate crime, terrorism, both or neither?  Discuss.

Dyer said at a news conference Muhammad has made posts against white people and the government on his Facebook page, and that all the people he shot were white men.

He also shouted “Allahu Akbar” as police tackled him to the ground, according to Dyer.

But then again, he went by “Black Jesus” so probably some form of Christian Hate.

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On this date in History April 18th 1775. How things have changed.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, MA – APRIL 18: A painting depicting Paul Revere warning patriots of the impending British landings in Lexington on April 18, 1775 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (Illustration by Ed Vebell/Getty Images)

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RIP J. Geiles

Dead at 71.

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Identity Scandal? Hardly

Rachel Dolezal isn’t suffering from an identity scandal, she suffers from a mental illness.

But in this you-can-be-who-or-whatever-you-want-to-be culture, that of course cannot be said.

I’m not sure when we will, as a society, wake up and realize we do these people no favors by enabling their identity fantasies. We just perpetuate the problem instead of actually trying to address what it is: A woman who needs counselling, therapy and healthy dose of “you ain’t right in head, kid“.

I know this is considered intolerant, unaccepting, and probably both misogynistic and racist given the subject matter. All of this gets lost in the “complexities” of our modern society.  But some things simply are not complex.  They are artificially made complex in order to hide the simplicity of the situation.  The ‘complexities’ are manufactured in order to obfuscate the reality that there is no ‘debate’ or ‘differing perspectives’ or ‘alternative views’.

Maybe Rachel would not be suffering if she were provided the mental health services she requires instead of the left-wing coddling “yes you can be a potted plant if you want to be, honey” approach.

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Never, Never, Never, Never Surrender

So says former London mayor, Boris Johnson.

Dubbed as a “powerful, Churchill-inspired message” to ISIS, I think quite the contrary.  While a famous Churchill quote designed to instill fortitude, resilience and hope in a time of crisis, it also (especially in this context) connotes that ISIS has the UK on the ropes and that the British people should not “surrender” to it.  Germany had the British on the ropes during WW II, but that is far from the case regarding ISIS.

So why all this talk of ‘no surrender’?  The answer is obvious.

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Terrorist Asian? Hmmmmm……..

I am somewhat suspect of the classification, but admit we are very early in this…….

He looks a LOT more like an Achmed than an Akio to me……

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Fight for $15!

You picked the wrong fight.

Wendy’s plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores — about 16 percent of its locations — by the end of the year.

Fast food restaurants have provided millions of entry-level jobs for teenagers and young adults, but this is coming to an end, thanks to minimum wage legislation. When a minimum-wage worker can be replaced by a robot, the value of human labor is essentially reduced to zero.  TN Editor

Looks like Wendy’s found out they don’t need to pay someone $15 an hour to incorrectly enter orders and miscount change.  The kiosks don’t protest outside the store, require health insurance, take sick days or  sexually assault customers. They also don’t do gross things to your food.

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If my Amazon Echo learns how to file a legal brief, I’m screwed.

Did you know that by owning a Google Home or Amazon Echo, you are a de-facto misogynist overflowing with male privilege and promoting the endemic rape culture and inter-sexual patriarchal bigotry of our society?

So says these guys.

Yep, Siri, Alexa, Google Home and Cortana are all being sexually abused by owners, and Microsoft and Google are to blame.  And you, too, of course.

People often comment on the sexism inherent in these subservient bots’ female voices, but few have considered the real-life implications of the devices’ lackluster responses to sexual harassment. By letting users verbally abuse these assistants without ramifications, their parent companies are allowing certain behavioral stereotypes to be perpetuated. Everyone has an ethical imperative to help prevent abuse, but companies producing digital female servants warrant extra scrutiny, especially if they can unintentionally reinforce their abusers’ actions as normal or acceptable.

I mean just look at the picture above.  Just look at how these ‘digital female servants’ are being manhandled — literally– by their oppressors. All grope-like, with meat fists clutching them in a sweaty embrace. But if we are going to start ascribing feelings of repression and assault to inanimate objects, there are probably other devices that should jump to the front of the line……

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I really don’t understand. Really, truly I do not.

 

I am no Trump fan.  I have serious reservations about his ability to ‘make America great again’.  I agree with those who say he is a blowhard, thin-skinned ego maniac.  I do not agree with many of his policy positions.  I think (the extent of) his battle with the media is unwise. But that is pretty much where it stops.   Why?

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This is apparently old News, but news to me…..

The City of New York officially recognizes THIRTY ONE different genders.   One of them, “gender-fluid” basically means you ‘relate’ as male or female differently on a day-to-day basis.  This used to be conveniently (and much more appropriately) called “psychotic” but apparently that is now ‘intolerant’.  We must now tolerate psychosis.

I can only imagine the havoc this creates in getting things like a driver’s license. “Excuse me, I don’t see  Non-Binary Transsexual as an option on this form. And my partner is a Two-spirit Genderqueer which I don’t see, either.”

Shouldn’t they be required to have 31 different bathrooms? Minimally, any New Yorker can shower anywhere they want on any given day simply by claiming to be Pangender (all genders simultaneously).

This is the outcome of embracing liberal ideology to the max.

 

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DJT should have asked Roger Waters to sing at inauguration….

 

 

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Mainstream Media

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The outragous conservative…

This lifted directly from Ace of Spades… but is worth sharing…

Progressives aren’t interested in what we have to say, or in having a “reasonable dialog” with us. It’s nothing but “shut up or we’ll shut you up!”. This is what their shouty, dialed-up-to-11 rhetoric is designed to do. And this generally works, or at least, that’s how it has worked in the past. But what has happened over time is a process very much like how we produced antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Like a dose of penicillin, the shouty rhetoric takes out “nice” conservatives or conservatives who decide they have better things to do than to get shouted at by shouty progressives. But some conservatives manage to survive, so the dosage is upped: the shouts get even louder and the attacks get more vicious and are extended beyond the political arena into personal lives. This creates a very hostile environment. But even it drives out or silences many conservatives, it also creates a new strain of tough conservatives who don’t mind fighting, who like to fight, and can throw 2 punches for every one they take.

I remember back in the old days, public conversations between liberals and conservatives usually went something like this:

1. liberal: says something
2. conservative: responds
3. liberal: you’re a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
4a. conservative: I am not a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
4b. conservative attempts to give evidence for statement 4a.
5. liberal: not good enough
6. Go to step 3

Many conservatives simply don’t care anymore. Warden’s excellent piece earlier this week makes this clear. The new, Trump-era “honey badger conservative” playbook appears to be this:

1. conservative: says something
2. liberal: you’re a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
3. conservative: fuck you.

 

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Why America is so Frgile lesson #1,874

jedi-academy

Did you know that you can actually take “light saber” classes?  You know, to become a real Jedi?  New York Jedi promises “the best light saber choreo classes anywhere”.  Only $10!

Important note: They “discourage use of toy sabers (extendable/soft plastic or sequentially-lighting blades) during practice.  Additional equipment (ex: knee pads) is optional.”

Where to begin…..Let’s see for starters they are ALL FUCKING TOYS.  There is no such thing as a “real” light sabre.  Furthermore, none of them have “blades”.  They are fucking plastic tubes that light up.  If they had actual blades I would imagine the New York Jedi Academy would be horror shop of disemboweled and amputated poorly-adjusted adult age children who, for some unknown reason, think Star Wars is real.

And I have no idea why anyone would need knee-pads for “Light Sabre Choreo”.  On second thought, I think I know why….

Bonus Round: The Empire Lucas Films is suing the shit out of these adult-sized children for copy right infringement.  Welcome to the real world, Padawan.

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The Butcher’s Bill

In the past 12 months:

Chattanooga, TN                                  6 killed, 2 wounded by jihadist

Merced, CA                                          1 killed, 4 wounded by jihadist

San Bernardino, CA                             16 killed, 23 wounded by jihadists

Philadelphia, PA                                   1 cop shot by jihadist

Columbus, OH                                      1 killed, 4 wounded by jihadist

Orlando, FL                                           50 killed, 53 wounded by jihadist

This is just in the US.  I can’t begin to list of the frequency and horror of such attacks abroad — it’s daily. But suffice to say YTD 2016 is something around 1,290 separate terrorist attacks killing over 11,800 people and wounding another 14,300.

And that assumes the media even reports it.  For some reason, they do not like to report attacks on Israelis as terrorist attacks 

And now we have a new, home-grown form of terrorist. BLM is quick becoming our US-flavored ISIS.  Over 31 police officers have been shot year to date most notably BLM and Obama-inspired ambushes of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.  And it doesn’t look good for a Kansas City police officer shot today (“multiple suspects ran from the scene“).  I’m betting ambush.  Again.

The BLM-types are trying to make their case in a similar way by listing out all the people “Killed by Police” with the inference that the police are a murderous, untamed execution squads.  If you click any of the links to get the details, they  almost always read “Police shoot armed intruder” or “Police shoot knife wielding man” or similar.  You know, completely unjustified and all that.

And we’re only 1/2 way through 2016.  When you have over 160 killed or wounded by domestic jihadists, you would think something would change.  When you have police officers gunned down by race-hating & race-baiting thugs, you would think something would change.

What is that change and when is it coming?

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Evil is Blinding

bataclan-massacreThe recent course of horrific events makes Alex, Pete, Georgie and Dim look like amateurs.   But these jihadi’s have gone to a whole new level, and that is quietly being kept out of the media.

The Bataclan massacre wasn’t just a mass murder — a bloody, deadly terrorist attack.  it was perpetrated by people who simply aren’t human.

Wahhabist killers apparently gouged out eyes, castrated victims, and shoved their testicles in their mouths. They may also have disemboweled some poor souls. Women were stabbed in the genitals – and all the torture was, victims told police, filmed for Daesh or Islamic State propaganda. For that reason, medics did not release the bodies of torture victims to the families, investigators said.

Yeah, and the French government didn’t want you to know about that part.  “Too inflammatory” or something.  They didn’t want you to know that terrorists are no longer content with just killing you.  They are going to torture you, mutilate you,. carve you up and THEN kill you.  Oh, and film the whole thing so their warped and twisted friends back in Shitakistan can enjoy it, too.

But even now the PC crowd in France is unsure if this was done by the jihadists, or if maybe a grenade or other shrapnel might have done it as evidenced by this transcript:

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Giuliani is Right

hey jackass

When he said BLM is focused on the wrong things.  If you are a black man, you have 99% greater chance of getting shot by another black man v. a cop.

You never, NEVER hear of BLM protests in Chicago.  Unless it involves a white cop.

YTD in Chicagoland there have been 2,115 people shot.

In the 340 identifiable homicide cases, 263 victims were black (77%). When an assailant can be determined (another sad statistic– 270 of the 340 result in no arrest) it is also disproportionately black (67%).  Police represent 5% — spread out across Black, White and Hispanic and ‘Other’ — all police shootings.

The cops aren’t killing black men.  Other black men are killing black men by an order of magnitude.  When is BLM going to address that?

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This should play well in the fly-over states….

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You knew it was coming.

Is a church a place of public accommodation and if so – are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation?

That’s the issue raised by a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. They contend that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

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It’s National Klinger Appreciation Day

 

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At least according to Ash Carter.  Just listened to his press briefing.

“Transgender individuals will be allowed to join the military if they have ‘completed their transition’ and are “stable” for a period of 18 months.”

You can’t make this shit up.  And, by the way, these people are not stable. They never will be. They are the antithesis of stable.  The are confused, conflicted and unbalanced individuals who relate to self mutilation to gain a false identity, then often times become even more unbalanced.

Even the Chief Psychiatrist at John Hopkins says transgenderism “is a mental illness”, but, hey, why listen to a guy like that. Rather,  let’s give emotionally unstable people guns.  And not just ordinary guns, but BIG guns.  Fully automatic guns.  And explosives, too.

What used to get you a Section 8 is now the newest recruiting tool.

Let’s not forget that an earlier headline from this week:

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I’m sure the transgender crowd will enhance the ‘warfighting toughness’ standard.

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My liver did it, not me.

This could get interesting.

Winnebago County law enforcement agencies will participate in a “No Refusal Weekend” over the Fourth of July holiday to discourage DUI suspects from refusing blood or breath tests, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said today during a news conference.

Any DUI suspect who refuses a breathalyzer, during the special detail, will be taken to the Winnebago County Jail where prosecutors will help police officers throughout the county obtain a search warrant from a Winnebago County judge ordering the suspect to submit a blood sample, Bruscato said.

Here’s the real rub:

A judge’s search warrant to obtain a blood sample is an order directed at law enforcement to collect the sample. If the defendant refuses and a charge of obstructing justice is filed, it would likely be based on an allegation that the defendant is destroying blood evidence, DeRango said.

DUI blood evidence is eliminated by the body over time, DeRango said.

So, if you refuse, you are charged with felony obstruction of justice for destroying blood evidence, which would be impossible NOT to destroy by their definition.  It is destroyed by your continued illegal action of remaining alive and breathing in and out.  Since the liver, circulatory system and respiratory system are all participating, prepare for RICO charges as well.

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Something you will never hear on TV

pulseIt doesn’t fit the narrative.  Remember, this crime was committed by a self-hating closeted gay man who could not reconcile his desires with his beliefs.  Oh, and easy access to guns.  That, too.  A self-loathing homosexual who was provided easy access to assault-style machine guns.

Or Not.

So far, [the FBI] have found no photographs, no text messages, no smartphone apps, no gay pornography and no cell-tower location data to suggest that Mateen — who was twice married to women and had a young son — conducted a secret gay life, the officials said.

The FBI is continuing to explore Mateen’s past, but investigators now believe the men who made the claims are not credible, or confused Mateen with someone else.

The FBI has not said whether it has uncovered any evidence that Mateen visited the Pulse nightclub prior to the shooting.

Remember, this is all about inclusion and common sense gun laws, not radical Islam / Jihadi terrorism, despite what the gunman has actually proclaimed or what the FBI investigation reveals.

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Full Circle

 

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I’m going to have to go back to school; our language has changed so much I’m not sure I can communicate in what traditionally has been called ‘English’.  Better throw some of the new-fangled sciency-type classes in there, too.

Add “Non-binary” to the list of shit I don’t understand.

An Oregon judge ruled Friday that a transgender person can legally change their sex to “non-binary” rather than male or female in what legal experts believe is a first in the United States.  Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn legally changed 52-year-old Jamie Shupe‘s sex from “female” to non-binary.

Is there some kind of ice-bucket challenge going on in the gender identity circles these days?  A sort of one-upmanship that has gone amok?

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And so it begins…

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No guns for you.

A federal appeals court says people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the 2nd Amendment.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Thursday.

The panel says law enforcement officials can require applicants for a concealed weapons permit to show they are in immediate danger or otherwise have a good reason for a permit beyond self-defense.

The decision overturned a 2014 ruling by a smaller 9th Circuit panel.

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